10 killed, 100 injured in TN train crash

Greater Kashmir

Chitheri (TN), Sep 14: Ten persons were killed and 100 others injured when a speeding passenger train rammed into a stationary train here, leading to derailment of five coaches.
 The Chennai Beach-Vellore Cantonment Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) train rammed into the Arakkonam-Katpadi passenger from behind as it was waiting for a signal at Chitheri station, about 90 kms from Chennai, around 9.40 PM last night, police and railway officials said.
 Of the ten killed, bodies of seven have been recovered and efforts were on to retrieve the other two buried under the mangled bogies, IG North Zone Shailendra Babu said.
 He said nearly 100 people including the driver of the MEMU train were injured and of them 83 were admitted to nearby Arakkonam Government hospital. Later, 25 injured were shifted to Chennai for treatment, he said, adding “all of them are out of danger”.
 Southern Railway General Manager Deepak Krishnan said the MEMU driver had apparently ignored the signal and speed restrictions.
 The Arakonam-Katpadi passenger was waiting for the signal. Being an automatic signalling territory, trains move one after another in this section, he said.
 “Normally the previous signal would be danger (red). But apparently the MEMU train driver has not adhered to the signal,” he said. Officials said the last bogie of the stationary passenger train bore the brunt under the impact of the collision.
 This is the third major accident in two months.On July 10, 70 people were killed when the Howrah-Kalka Mail derailed near Kanpur and three weeks later some coaches of Guwahati -Bangalore Express derailed in West Bengal’s Malda district and were hit by another train leaving three dead.